St. Lucia ranked number 1 in press freedom in Americas

St. Lucia ranked number 1 in press freedom in Americas
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Members of the local press. Photo: UWP

ANTIGUA OBSERVER – St. Lucia has emerged as the top country for press freedom in the Americas, according to a survey conducted by the  US-based independent watchdog organization, Freedom House.

Freedom House said it assesses media freedom using common criteria for all settings, in poor and rich countries as well as in countries of varying ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds.

It said that all states from the most democratic to the most authoritarian, are committed Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”.

It said that while “cultural distinctions or economic underdevelopment may affect the character or volume of news flows within a country or territory, these and other differences are not acceptable explanations for infringements such as centralized control of the content of news and information”.

Freedom House said that St. Lucia has a global rank of 11 from 199 countries surveyed and is followed by St. Vincent and the Grenadines as the second top country in the Americas for press freedom. Kingstown has a global ranking of 17.

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  1. That is amazing. I live in Saint Lucia. the members of the press are constantly tormented by threats of legal action by the Prime minister and other politicians , they recieve open threats while on the air, from political platforms and otherwise even when they are making unopinionated reports. If that is the experience of number one, this is a terrible season for journalism. I cant....

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  2. Hmmm, the timing of this reeks of . . . As someone else said, the other countries must be really bad!

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  3. All the negative comments are from the supporters "Yellow Party," UWP .
    And it is a reflection of who they are.

    They Love To read and listen TO Negative Comments/News on the International Stage about Saint Lucia.
    And it is a reflection of their inherent Hatred as a collective for this island. But yet want to tell us, they are an alternative party that we should consider. Smh!

    When last did anyone read one positive comment on this website from a supporter of the "Yellow Party" about our country?

    Just like they don't build anything, but destroy, is the same way it is reflected on ever News Website they flock too like Locusts.

    Sad and Hateful groups of people!

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  4. I am so disappointed for Flambous and LPMs (if there is any besides Pru) in the house. It would have been so much better had they been able to make a sound other than that of hi-cups after reading the report of that survey. I shall surely make a note of that for future reference.

    One question to Realist: how many journalists there are in st lucia for the actions of just three men to define the character of that press? The one good thing to come out of this is the following: at least their position show that they - UWP and LPM - have a mind of their own and that they don't follow America blindly.

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  5. And here they are complaining, I always knew they were very free, reporting anything without caution, right now what they need to be number one in is professionalism they don't have a drop.

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  6. Lol wut?

    Apparently they don't know that the media is free to report on what the government they side with allows them too.

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  7. freedom?? really. Does that include going after stories and investigating for themselves the truth at ALL angles or just regurgitating whatever they are told. esp the garbage either political parties send their way. I would say that is true freedom of expression.

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  8. st lucia has press freedom??? well that may change bcuz we have been hearin that journalists are bein sued and threatened ...so

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    • Is it only now we have been hearing media houses or personnel being sued? Not at all! And shame on you to infer that it is!

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  9. The other islands in the Americas must be really bad. Really really bad. That is why it doesn't mean that St Lucia is doing good with press freedom.

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  10. Thanks to persons such as Rick Wayne, Timothy Poleon and Clinton Reynolds who refuse to be bullied and intimidated to keep quiet.

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